Juanita June McMurdy Larson 96, Hayfield
Juanita June McMurdy Larson died peacefully in her apartment on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the age of 96. She didn’t make it to her goal of living to be 100.
She was born on June 12, 1923 in Washington, PA to Harry and Pearl (McCartney) McMurdy. She graduated from Washington High School in January 1941.
She moved to Detroit to work in a converted Cadillac plant working on airplane parts manufacturing for World War II. After the war she attended Business College in Washington, PA.
When she graduated, she moved to Rochester to work at the Mayo Clinic. She met her future husband, Earl Larson, and they were married Oct.14, 1949.
She helped Earl on the farm in rural Kasson. This was a change for a girl who grew up in the city. She also did seasonal work at the canning factory in Dodge Center and Rochester.
She was an active member of West St. Olaf Lutheran Church and enjoyed many craft projects and in her later life took up quilting. She loved anything to do with cats, including having them as pets and collecting cat figurines.
Juanita is survived by three sons, Donald (Nancy) Larson, Alden; Daniel (Deb) Larson, Rochester; and Richard (Connie) Larson, Belle Plaine; five grandchildren, Nathan (Autumn) Larson, Dayna (Eli) Larson, Nick (Paige Will) Larson, Andy (Bren- da) Larson, Jill (Brian) Landin and three step grandchildren, Beau (Charli) Clark, Joshua (Katie Jo) Clark, and Sara (John) Gottschalk.
Juanita has 10 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchil- dren, Addie Hairsine, her special friend of over 70 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl (Aug. 9, 1990), her parents, Harry and Pearl,
her sister, Madalyn Petrola and brother, Gaylord McMurdy.
The family will be holding a graveside service with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
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Arrangements by Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, Hayfield.